FIVE YEARS AGO

Three brothers, local World War II veterans, were treated to a trip to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial.  They were Robert Bruner, Max Bruner and Charles Bruner.

Inclement weather preempted the official test run for the new emergency warning siren in the city of Memphis.  The siren sounded on May 13th, just weeks after installation, when a series of tornadoes hit across northeast Missouri.

The new system, which is located adjacent to the HUD housing complex on the west side of Memphis, can broadcast a series of audible messages in addition to the standard warning siren.

TEN YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Livestock Market hosted a monthly dairy sale at the barn in Memphis.  At the May 5 dairy sale, cows were going at a considerably higher rate.

Agriculture experts raised a number of factors for the milk price increase.  However the largest factor was declining cow numbers, which resulted in lower production numbers.

Scotland County decided to join other counties in Zone 4 to begin issuing conceal and carry permits to qualifying applicants.  The process was delayed nearly a year by the governor’s veto and ensuing litigation, but the permits were made available to Scotland County and the Sheriff’s Department began issuing them on June 1st.

20 YEARS AGO

The  Memphis Police Department reported a break-in at the Memphis Recreation Center. Reports indicate the break-in occurred sometime between 6:00 p.m. May 24th and 8:15 a.m. May 25th. Vandals picked the door lock to gain entry into the building. While inside, an attempt was made to open the storage room and the drawer on the cash register was pried open. Nothing was taken, but damage was done to the door and the cash register.

Karl DeMarce resigned his position with University Extension effective July 12th. He will be moving to Boone County to study law under a three-year program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. DeMarce already holds a B.S. in rural sociology and a M.S. in community development. He has been with University Extension since 1991.

30 YEARS AGO

Four Scotland County R-1 High School students have been selected to attend special honors programs during the summer months.  Keith Briggs will be attending Boys Sate; Wendy Jutte will attend Girls’ State; and Rose Shanes and Ken McVeigh will both attend the Missouri Freedom Forum.  The students were given special recognition during the annual Awards Night program held Monday evening.

The second grade students of Mrs. Frances Jane Craig, their mothers, the East School secretary and custodian planned a surprise party which was held on Wednesday, May 23rd.  The party was held in honor of Mrs. Craig who is retiring at the end of this school term.

40 YEARS AGO

Roy McDaniel received a plaque at the Memorial Day services in recognition of being Missouri’s Most Decorated solider during World War II.  In 1959 McDaniel, who served as a lead scout with the Sixth (Red Star) Infantry Division during WWII, opened his mail and found a Bronze Star for “meritorious achievement”during 1944. He did not get excited about another Bronze Star 15 years after the fact. Instead, he methodically added it to his collection of 21 earlier medals, clusters, and ribbons for heroism as a foot soldier with the 20th Infantry Regiment in the Philippines and New Guinea.

50 YEARS AGO

Miss Arlene Huff, a student at the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, was recently invited to membership and was initiated into the Eugene Fair chapter of Cardinal Key.  Cardinal Key is a National Honorary Service Sorority.

A bridal shower was given in honor of Joyce Jean Emel Wednesday afternoon, May 20 at the home of Mary Lynda Ludwick.

60 YEARS AGO

The marketing quota penalty of “excess” wheat of the 1954 crop was $1.12 a bushel, according to word received here by Paul Aylward, chairman of the Scotland County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committee.

Farmers who didn’t comply with their wheat acreage allotments and sell their wheat had to pay a penalty on their “excess” wheat.  Their wheat crop was also ineligible for government price support.

70 YEARS AGO

Ann, five-year old daughter of Commander and Mrs. George T. Dierking, was severely bitten by a dog at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Fincher. The little girl was at the Fincher home which is next door to the Marvin Frogge home where she and her mother are living. There was a sick baby chick on the back porch, the dog was thought to have been near the chicken and when the little girl came near, bit her. No one saw the accident, but Mrs. Fincher heard the child scream. She was rushed to the Kirksville hospital. It required 20 stitches to close the lacerations on her face.

Wayne Wagner retired from the postal service after 30 years of service. He has carried mail over rural routes in Scotland County, starting as a substitute carrier May 11, 1914 and becoming a regular carrier in 1917. During his thirty years of service, Wagner only missed five days of work for sickness. Three were missed several years ago and two last winter.